Newington ward candidates

The Green Party candidates for Newington ward in the Southwark Council elections on Thursday 3rd May 2018 will include Betiel Mahari and David Powell.


Betiel Mahari is a single mother of two children, aged 10 and 11. She works in retail on a zero-hours contract. Betiel lived on the Loughborough Park Estate in Brixton for 11 years, until her family lost their home when the estate was completely demolished in a £75m "regeneration" scheme. She was forced to leave Brixton, with huge disruption to her family. Betiel's health has been affected and she describes her life as "totally ruined". Betiel is now fighting to stave off being evicted for a second time, because her "affordable" home in Newington is not affordable. Betiel says: "'Affordable' rent is a con. It's set at 80% of market rents, not according to any measure of actual affordability. The cap on Housing Benefit payments means I won't have enough money coming in to maintain our family's tenancy.She is passionate about social housing, and how important it is to maintain it. Betiel is now standing for the Green Party because of its commitment to social housing and providing everyone with a safe and affordable home. [Read more...] Twitter_bird_logo_2012.svg.png

David_Powell.pngDavid Powell's area of interest and expertise is education. He has lived in Walworth and Kennington for over 30 years, and his sons went to a local primary school where he has been a Governor for over ten years. A performing musician, David does some teaching for Southwark Music Service, and has done instrumental teaching as well as short music projects in many Southwark primary schools. He is also Director of Music at a local Parish Church which contributes to a local Food Bank, and hosts projects for asylum-seekers and homeless people. David wants to bring about a change in local housing policy. He says: "Many people in this area feel powerless to influence decision-making by a remote Council, ignored and marginalised.[Read more...]

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